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This article examines whether environmental factors influence Chinese investment decisions in Africa. We find that Chinese development assistance increases along with a country’s environmental performance, but only to a point. After a state achieves a certain level of environmental quality, Chinese investments decline.

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This article offers the first ever statistical analysis of the relationship between environmental factors and development assistance among developing countries, and it demonstrates that factors like natural resources are not main drivers of Chinese foreign assistance in Africa.

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This page is a summary of: Environmental Determinants of Chinese Development Finance in Africa, The Journal of Environment & Development, February 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1070496518825282.
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